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The Pearl Essay

“... the keening, moaning, rising hysterical cry from the little cave in the side of the stone mountain, the cry of death” (Steinbeck 87). In the novella, The Pearl, written by John Steinbeck, Kino, a poor diver, is one of the main character along with his wife, Juana, and his son, Coyotito. Everything seems to be just fine and normal in this family, until Kino goes fishing just like he has been. However, this time he emerges from the depths of the water with a treasure that sets his future into another world. News of finding the “pearl of the world” soons spreads, then almost everyone dreams about what the pearl could do.Therefore, Kino’s family is soon in danger. Despite what destruction the pearl could bring jealousy, physical attacks, and rupture of his marriage- Kino hopes for a better life, and how the pearl could get him to move to a higher social class. While trying to sell the pearl, he feels cheated, but doesn’t know the dealers are working together. He doesn’t realize that the pearl had drawn darkness over him until he has lost his home, his reputation, and his family. After killing a thief that was trying to take the pearl, he becomes a fugitive who wants to kill instead of saving his family.Steinbeck uses characterization to show that when one is obsessed with demolishing an enemy, their oblivious actions would lead them to devastation.

Kino wants to help his family, but he’s misled by the Song of Evil. This all begins when a scorpion appears with no warning. However, when this creature came it demolished everything. “Kino’s hand leaped to catch it, but it fell past his fingers, fell on the baby’s shoulder, landed and struck”(Steinbeck 5). Kino’s only focus was on the scorpion. He lacks the ability to realize that the baby’s death is the real danger. Kino and his family are rained with evil: The baby on the edge of death, Juana desperate to save Coyotito, and Kino enraged and helpless.

Kino, now having the pearl, is...

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